Saturday, 26 March 2011

A Cold Wind

Pink Footed Geese
Meadow Pipit
Little Ringed Plover
Red Grouse
Grey Heron
It was so cold in the hide at Scaling Dam this afternoon, especially after the warm days we had through the week. Outside the hide in the chill wind was a Little Ringed Plover, two Ringed Plover and a Dunlin along with quite a few Meadow Pipits. The Wood Duck remained asleep directly opposite the hide on the far bank all the time we were there and two Pink Footed Geese flew in with some Greylags and proceeded to swim directly in front of the hide. At first we thought from a distance one was the Bean Goose which had been reported but both had pink on the beaks and both definately had pink legs. On the way up to Scaling when passing through Danby there were literally hundreds of Winter thruses massing in the trees near the Moors Centre. We also saw a Wheatear at Sleddale along with more Winter thruhes in the wood at the cattle grid.

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